Essay and Pastels by Claire Blatchford
I’m an avid walker and hiker and love the sweet and reassuring familiarity of old pathways and the lure and promise of new, unexplored ones. This winter when the wind was knife-sharp and the earth was snowy and icy, too icy for a brisk stroll or an easy saunter, I turned instead to pastels. I used my fingers, rather than my feet, to retrace some old pathways and try out some new ones. Come along... let me show you where I went...
I headed towards the morning sun, all bundled up.
Then recalled a hike in the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina.
Next a cousin sent a Christmas letter from California with a gorgeous photo, so I went into it.
The light and shadows of California took me, in turn, down a straight golden-white road lined with tall trees.
Next I went to a beloved spot, clad in autumn colors, on the Franconia Ridge Trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
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